chicoalto0649 wrote:What baffles me is parents who do have the financial means to support their child's college/grad school but refuses to pony up. I feel one of the most fundamental responsibilities parents have is to make sure their children become educated and functional contributors to society. Forcing a child to take on debt/work through school to me defeats the purpose of higher education. How can someone truly enjoy their studies when they are worried about whether or not they can pay their utilities for the month? Usually the people I know in this situation tell me that their parents feel its only right that their children share the same sort of hardships they had to endure as young adults. Someone else can find the flaw in that logic.
I'm offended by this. Forcing me to take on debt? I decided to go to law school and take on debt. If they were forcing me to go to law school (not that they could), that'd be a different story.
My parents paid for my entire undergrad without me having to take out any loans, and now that I'm an adult and starting my own career....it was a mutual feeling of my parents and I that the majority of that financial responsibility would fall on me.
My parents COULD help out a lot more than they will, but it would also take away money from their retirement and supporting their own parents who also need help. Sure, they could probably juggle all three--but why would I want to put that pressure on them?
Its my decision to go to law school, it was their decision (that I totally agreed with) for me to go to college. They had been saving for college before I was born...they had no way of knowing law school was in the picture.
I will fully enjoy my studies (and perhaps even work harder knowing its my own investment), regardless of my debt.